Discover a fun new hobby with helpful possibilities
Get directions, talk to folks overseas, or find out whether the fish are biting
Want to check out the morning news in London, help out in emergencies, or tune in to the big race? Two-way radios open up a world of possibilities - literally. This handy guide tells you about the equipment you need, fills you in on radio etiquette, shows you how to stay legal, and gives you lots of cool ideas for family-friendly radio activities.
Discover how to
Use the right radio lingo
Choose and operate different types of radios
Get a license if you need one
Communicate in emergencies
Program a scanner
Tune in to sporting events
H. Ward Silver has experienced a 20-year career as an electrical engineer developing instrumentation and medical electronics. He also spent 8 years in broadcasting, both programming and engineering. In 2000, he turned to teaching and writing as a second career, producing Ham Radios For Dummies in 2004. He supports Seattle University s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in laboratory instruction. He is an avid Amateur Radio operator, Extra Class, first licensed in 1972. Each month, his columns and articles can be found in the national ham radio magazine, QST, published by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). He is the author of the ARRL s online courses in Antenna Design and Construction, Analog Electronics, and Digital Electronics. When not in front of a computer screen, you will find him working on his mandolin technique and compositions.
Introduction 1 Part I: Making Radio a Habit, a Hobby, or a Helper 7 Chapter 1: Introducing Radios and the Wireless World 9 Chapter 2: Discovering the Art and Science of Radio 25 Chapter 3: Making Radio Fit Your Life 39 Part II: Two-Way Radios at Home, Work, and Play 53 Chapter 4: A Radio in Your Pocket: FRS/GMRS Radios 55 Chapter 5: Breaker, Breaker: Using Citizens Band 79 Chapter 6: Communicating in Emergencies 99 Chapter 7: Workaday Wireless: Business Radio Services 109 Chapter 8: Ladies and Gentlemen, Ships at Sea: Marine Radio 117 Chapter 9: Citizen Wireless: Amateur Radio 135 Part III: Listening In: Scanning and Shortwave Listening 143 Chapter 10: One Adam 12: Scanner Basics 145 Chapter 11: Scanning Public Service and Safety Radio Transmissions 169 Chapter 12: Radio Aloft: Aviation Radio Transmissions 181 Chapter 13: Radios in Uniform: Government Radio Transmissions 187 Chapter 14: Radio in Action: Recreational Radio Transmissions 195 Chapter 15: Surfing the Air World: Shortwave Listening 207 Part IV: Getting Technical with Your Radio 227 Chapter 16: Building Your Radio Toolbox 229 Chapter 17: A Spark of Electronic Know-How 243 Chapter 18: Installing Radios Right 257 Chapter 19: Getting a Charge Out of Batteries 287 Chapter 20: Putting Your Computer to Work 299 Chapter 21: Troubleshooting Your Radio 311 Part V: The Part of Tens 327 Chapter 22: Ten Radio Secrets 329 Chapter 23: Ten Emergency Tips 333 Chapter 24: Ten Radio First-Aid Techniques 337 Chapter 25: Ten New Ways to Have Fun with Your Radio 341 Appendix: Glossary 345 Index 355